Cherokee County Herald - - SPORTS -

That proved to be just enough time for the War­riors to find the end zone. Dupree con­nected with se­nior tight end Terry Stephens over the mid­dle on a 24-yard touch­down pass with just 1.9 sec­onds re­main­ing. Ju­nior Ri­ley Rus­sell rushed in for a 2-point con­ver­sion, giv­ing the War­riors a 15- 8 ad­van­tage at half­time.

“We had one last play with nine sec­onds left, and we were ac­tu­ally go­ing to throw a fade route so it would be a quick play,” Curry said. “Our quar­ter­back just looks and looks and looks, and the clock’s run­ning and run­ning and run­ning, and we’re yelling throw, throw, throw, and he just finds an open guy. That’s just what he does. We tell ev­ery­body it’s coach­ing, but that’s just kids mak­ing plays.”

The score before half­time seemed to ig­nite the War­riors. They took the open­ing kick­off of the sec­ond half and punched it in the end zone, with Graves scor­ing from seven yards out. Sewell’s ex­tra point ex­tended Chero­kee County’s lead to 22-8.

Af­ter a Pi­rate punt, Graves dashed 74 yards for an­other score, which put the War­riors in front 29- 8 with just over five min­utes left in the third.

But Winfield re­fused to go down qui­etly. Spencer capped a 13-play, 67-yard drive for the Pi­rates with his 1- yard touch­down run. His try for two fell short, but the touch­down brought Winfield within two scores at 29-14 just four sec­onds into the fourth quar­ter.

The Pi­rates re­cov­ered the en­su­ing on­side kick at the War­rior 48 and drove down to the 34, but the drive stalled when se­nior de­fen­sive line­man Caleb Ran­sum sacked Spencer for a 12-yard loss on fourth down.

Ran­sum later re­cov­ered an­other Pi­rate fum­ble in­side the War­rior 10 to kill an­other Winfield drive.

“I was just at the right place at the right time,” Ran­sum said. “We made big plays when we had to make them.”

Spencer man­aged to guide the Pi­rates to an­other score with just un­der a minute left in the game by con­nect­ing with Stu­art on a 15-yard touch­down pass. Spencer added the 2-point con­ver­sion to cut Chero­kee County’s lead to 29- 22 with 56.9 sec­onds left.

Spencer led the Pi­rates by rush­ing for 88 yards on 25 car­ries with a touch­down. He also com­pleted 9-of-19 pass at­tempts for 83 yards and a touch­down.

The Pi­rates tried an­other on­side kick, but this time the ball sailed out of bounds near mid­field. Two Dupree kneel downs ran out the clock for the fi­nal.

“I’m proud of our kids’ ef­fort,” Winfield coach David McKin­ney said. “We didn’t stop. We didn’t quit play­ing hard. We had a chance. We’ve grown this year and we’ve just got to con­tinue to grow. Hope­fully we can take and learn from this year and roll it into next year.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.